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A Smart Cross

By Kunal Chauhan on 07 November 2013

Car's Age: 5-10 years

Summary

Overall Rating 5
Exterior 4
Interior 5
Ride Quality 4
Maintenance 500/ month
Mileage (city) 8 KMPL
Mileage (highway) 11 KMPL

Detailed Maruti Suzuki SX4 Review

What's Good?

Probably the first cross for a sedan body on an SUV chassis, broad tyres and high stance gives the car a go anywhere feel, even with only front wheel drive option, good traction and ability to fly most craters n speed breakers on Indian roads without a thought.A rear spoiler reccomended to keep high body control at triplle digit speeds, car can clock 160km/hr(top speed) with no nonsence. In the city get 8km/L, similar mileage to cars in class n some higher. City traffic easy to handle and over taking a delight with its dual cam n then only 5 speed manual. New VVT engine has an auto otion, adivisable for new buyers. Interior trim quality very smart n long lasting finish n leather option gives it the luxury feel. Exterior body panels offer proper quality as expected, like our good old Ambassador ingress n outgress easy thanks to the high stance, even driver sits high like an SUV, which provides good visibilty and meaty steering offers assuaring and easy manouvrability.Ac cools properly at all India temperatures, n front quarter glass only requires getting used to.Maruti wide and non expensive service network, keeps you worry's at bay. Note for the fairer sex; Men are back, but my mom still drives and she loves the sx4.

What can improve?

Providing imported tyres as standard on atleast alloy wheeel models changes the game for driver and passenger, Pirelli offers a good four seasons option, new car suspension has been softened to reduce pitch common on most high n light vehicles. Improvements would probably mostly asking for the supercharged 150bhp and AWD version availible in Thailand.

Exteriors (4/5)

4

Interiors (5/5)

5

Ride Quality (4/5)

4

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